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Living History Musuem ~ Betsy Ross

Another student-led conference at McKayla's school has rolled around and once again, she's picked to portray a historical figure of her choice.

Last year, for Kindergarten, she picked Pocahontas and said very little: "Hi! My name is Pocahontas. What's your name? I live in the wild and it's very cold here." Almost all in one breath and where you could barely hear her LOL.

This year, after searching different historical women (and it had to be a woman b/c she's a girl and can't dress like a boy LOL), she decided on Betsy Ross as her historical person.

And I panicked. How on EARTH was I going to make her a costume to look like Betsy Ross??????? I had a few ideas for a dress and hat from that period but didn't really know where to find any that looked authtentic and I knew I couldn't make one.

So, off to Google I went, again. (What did we do before Google?! LOL)

Most of what I found was cheesy red, white and blue Halloween costumes and everything else didn't really "scream" Betsy Ross but instead, just nondescript dresses and outfits.

So, I called Party City (again) and asked if they had any Betsy Ross costumes. They did. And only for $10. I couldn't have made her an outfit cheaper than that. So John went and bought it and an American Flag (and yes, the costume was cheesy but cute LOL). She tried it on when he got home and it fit PERFECTLY!


I bought a pair of wire-rimmed glasses at Dollar Tree, popped out the lenses and then found an image showing the original 13 colony stars and printed 2 out and taped it to her flag over the 50 stars.

And whala. Done. And less of a headache than last year. LOL

We then started researching facts that would be easy for her to remember that she could recite and we came up with this:

"My name is Betsy Ross and I was born on January 1st, 1752 on a farm in Pennslyvania. In 1776, I was approached by General George Washington to design a flag for the new nation. I died in 1836 at the age of 84."

I had wanted her to say a little bit more but didn't want to overwhelm her or bore anyone with a long drawn out speech, so, we stuck to the facts; birth date, what she was known for and death date. Plain and simple.

And she ROCKED it! We only practiced her speech for about a week and she had nailed it. She was also AWESOME at actually giving her speech loudly and clearly. So proud!!



While giving her speech, there was a woman with a camera walking around taking pictures and writing down names, turns out it was a reporter from the local newspaper! She took down McKayla's info and her picture was in the paper! It was her backside, but STILL! :-D


At one point, after McKayla gave her speech, someone asked her what her real name was and McKayla's teacher told me later that she'd overheard the question and started panicking thinking she was the teacher and should know Betsy's real name, thinking maybe it was a nickname, only to realize that the person was asking for McKayla's real name haha.


I'm beyond proud of this girl (but y'all know that anyway b/c I'm always saying that haha). She's been picked 2 years in a row now and she fights against her shyness and does it.

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